Rand Paul, the loony Republican/Tea Party senator from Kentucky and possible 2016 presidential aspirant, has launched a new war on women's rights of conscience, religious liberty and health. Seeking to upset the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v Wade ruling recognizing every woman's fundamental right to choose to terminate a problem pregnancy, Paul and the "National Pro-Life Alliance" are pushing, in his words, a "massive, national, grass-roots campaign" to pressure Congress to pass a theology-based "personhood at conception" bill to undo Roe.
Paul is soliciting donations to pay for a massive television, radio and ad campaign, planted newspaper columns "to be distributed free to all 1,437 daily newspapers" in the US, "extensive personal lobbying of key members of Congress", and an "extensive email, direct mail and telephone campaign to generate at least one million petitions to Congress".
This is really quite a stretch, considering that even voters in poor, Republican-dominated, Religious Right leaning Mississippi defeated a "personhood at conception" state constitutional amendment by 58% to 42%.
Senator Paul either has not read or does not agree with the constitution of his own state, which declares in its Bill of Rights, Section 5, that "No human authority shall in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience."
Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty (arlinc.org)